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Human Rights Observatory
Human Rights Observatory
Israel Scrambles to Restore Foreign Flights to Tel Aviv
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Israel tried on Wednesday to get U.S. and European commercial flights to Tel Aviv restored after some carriers suspended services, insisting its main airport there was safe despite being targeted by Palestinian rockets. Israeli authorities emphasized the success of the Iron Dome interceptor system in protecting Ben Gurion Airport from rockets fired by militants in the Gaza Strip, as well as a precautionary narrowing of air corridors since fighting erupted on July 8. However, Israel... (Full Story)

US Scientists to Map Interior of Mount St. Helens Volcano
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A series of explosions set off by a team of scientists were expected to rattle Washington state's Mount St. Helens on Wednesday as researchers map the interior of the volcano, whose 1980 eruption was the deadliest in U.S. history. Mount St. Helens, about 95 miles (150 km) south of Seattle and 50 miles (80 km) north of Portland, erupted in an explosion of hot ash in May 1980, spewing debris over a wide area, killing 57 people and causing more than a billion dollars in... (Full Story)

As civilian casualties rise in Gaza, UN Rights Council agrees probe into alleged ‘war crimes’
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The United Nations Human Rights Council today decided to launch an independent inquiry into purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. (Full Story)

Chocolate Too Bitter? Swap Sugar for Mushrooms
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
An upstart U.S. food technology company has developed a unique fermentation process using mushrooms to reduce bitterness in cocoa beans that it believes will cut sugar content in chocolate candy. A year after first launching its fermentation method to reduce bitterness in coffee beans, one of the world's biggest commodity markets, MycoTechnology, Inc. is expanding into cocoa and will launch its process on Tuesday. The market is smaller, but the potential may be bigger with... (Full Story)

US Ambassador Calls for LGBT Rights
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The U.S. ambassador to Australia said it should not be a crime to be a member of the LGBT community. Ambassador John Berry told the 20th international AIDS Conference that the fight against the disease cannot be won by relegating segments of the population to the shadows. Ambassador Berry said the world has reached a critical moment in the fight against HIV/AIDS. “We are now on the brink of an AIDS-free generation. But reaching that goal will depend on all of us working together... (Full Story)

UN Debate Condemns Israel’s Military Incursion into Gaza
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is warning Israel that targeting civilian facilities in Gaza may amount to war crimes, and she called for an end to the 16-day war in Gaza, which has resulted in hundreds of civilian casualties. Pillay, who also condemned Palestinian fighters' tactics in the Gaza conflict, spoke Wednesday at the opening of an emergency session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. The U.N. human rights chief set the tone for the emergency... (Full Story)

Efforts Underway to Free Nigerian Students Kidnapped in Ukraine
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A Ukrainian official says negotiations are underway to free nine Nigerian students taken captive by separatists in the eastern city of Luhansk. Colonel Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, told a news conference Wednesday that people with experience conducting negotiations were making contact with what he called "the terrorists."   He said Ukrainian officials hoped the talks would end "successfully in the near... (Full Story)

Gaza Fighting Deepens, Flight Ban Holds
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Gaza fighting raged on Wednesday, displacing thousands more Palestinians in the battered territory as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said indirect truce talks between Israel and Hamas had made some progress. While pressing a 15-day-old offensive, Israel scrambled to contain economic damage from a halt of flights to Tel Aviv's main airport by U.S. and European airlines spooked by the long-range rocket salvoes of Hamas and other Gaza Strip guerrillas. Adding to pressure on... (Full Story)

Column: Ukraine Crisis Could Impact US Elections
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Reaction in the United States to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over rebel-held areas of Ukraine continues to be harshly critical of Russia and the separatist rebels they back in eastern Ukraine. The intense focus of international outrage over the incident and the challenge facing the administration of President Barack Obama suggests the crisis could be a factor in U.S. midterm congressional elections in November. President Obama is trying to keep the pressure on Russia and... (Full Story)

Afghanistan: Pakistan's Anti-Haqqani Offensive Ineffective
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Afghan intelligence officials say Pakistan's military has made little headway in its offensive against the Haqqani network and other militant groups along the Afghan border. National Directorate for Security spokesman Hadib Sediqi told reporters in Kabul Wednesday that "unfortunately, so far the [Pakistani] operation has not inflicted a serious blow on any international terrorist organization." Pakistan began a ground operation against militants in the North Waziristan... (Full Story)

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